What I’ve Learned About Priorities

July 21, 2010 — 2 Comments

The past couple of years has marked some tough growth for me.

The more I've lead, the more my workload has increased.  My workload has followed this progress:

A simple forty hour a week job, to
A forty hour a week job plus volunteering on the side, to
A forty hour a week job and a part-time job volunteering, to
A forty hour a week job, part-time job volunteering and starting a leadership company, to
Now having a forty hour a week job, a part-time job volunteering, a small leadership company and a girlfriend.

This increase in my workload and time demands has been tough to juggle.  I've had to become more selective of what I dedicate my time to, and more protective to say "no" to new requests from other people.

In the process of attempting to manage my priorities more effectively, I've had to do two things which has really helped me:

  1. Trust God – There simply isn't enough time to do all the things I think I need to do.  After being up at 4am and still working until 6pm, I know it's time to go home but I still don't have everything done.  That's when I've learned to trust God.  I've had to learn to trust him to do and provide for what I'm humanly unable to do.
  2. Trust My Team – A major point of learning to trust God has been directed towards the team around me.  I've had to learn to trust them to take my ideas, visions, and goals to make them better.  It's meant loosening my hands on the steering wheel and allowing my team to accept more responsibility and play a more important role in the work we're doing.

Either way, I've learned that as my work load has increased I've had to learn to rely on others much more than I have in the past.  It's been tough to trust, but I'm learning as I go along.

Question for you: What have you had to do and learn as your own workload has increased over the years?

Christopher L. Scott

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Christopher Scott is Small Groups Pastor at Rocky Hilly Community Church in Exeter, CA. He has more than ten years of experience leading volunteers, running nonprofit programs, and teaching the Bible in small group settings. He holds a bachelor's degree from Fresno Pacific University and master's degree from Dallas Theological Seminary.

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  • Just some “lessons” I’ve learnt as my workload has increased (from Engineering student to Full time Plant manager, Part time preacher, husband and father of 3 boys..):
    – think and pray about goals and projects you really want to focus on
    – stop being (too) perfectionist
    – bloc time in calendar for the things that are really important
    – developing good relationship (both at work and outside) is much more important than the tasks you can accomplish
    – have regular time of solitude
    – take care of yourself (spirit, mind and body) if you want to effectively serve God and others.

  • These are some great tips Andrea.
    Thanks for sharing.
    I like your lesson of having regular time of solitude. That’s definitely one I need too.
    Thanks for adding to the conversation and for sharing with my readers.